TW: The following article contains content about suicide.
In September 2019, Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation donated a small grant of £2,500 to Northleigh House School. James Gaskell nominated this charity.
Northleigh House School was founded in 2012. The school started after a retired business couple, Viv and Fred Morgan, read about a 14-year-old schoolgirl who committed suicide due to bullying at school. Once they heard the news, they inquired about what provisions were available for children who don’t fit the mould of mainstream education. After their research, they decided to set up a school to look after those children.
Since 2012, Northleigh has grown from having just six students to a total intake every year of 30, with a sadly ever-growing waiting list.
Vulnerable children with learning difficulties, anxiety, emotional issues, those on the autistic spectrum, or those who have been bullied can find a safe and nurturing environment at Northleigh, where they can continue their school education and make friends, as well as rebuild their self-esteem.
Shortly after Northleigh was set up in 2012, they built a small Astro pitch, but as the school grew, the pitch couldn’t cope with the growing student numbers. So, through the help of the Wasps Legends grant, Northleigh were able to upgrade and rebuild the Astro pitch.
The students of Northleigh were delighted with the new Astro pitch, as expressed by a quote from a former student below:
“When the brand-new surface was installed, many people started to participate in outside activities at break and lunch, who wouldn’t normally be interested. There were more people to play football with, and people started to bond more and got to know each other better. The new pitch was a lot better than the previous one as it had more padding and wasn’t painful if you ever slipped, and it was also a lot easier to clear leaves off it with the leaf blower.
I will hold on and remember all the wonderful times I had on that football pitch, and so will many others who had the opportunity to use it!”
At Wasps Legends, we are proud to have been able to support Northleigh house school. The work and effort they put into helping vulnerable children are outstanding, and we wish them the best of luck for the future.
For further information, please visit their website: https://www.northleigh.co.uk/.
By Ollie N’Jie